Desserts, Fruit, Pies & Tarts

Peanut Butter Banana Hand Pies

August 2, 2012
I know, I know.  Your probably about to give up on Krissy’s Creations.  But, please, please don’t!  I know I’ve missed a couple days of normal blogging, but I promise I’m here to stay – I’m not going anywhere – this blog is not taking a back seat.  It’s just been a crazy last couple weeks.  Other than the normal pregnancy stuff {I’m already 30 weeks!}, it feels like my life has been consumed with something other than being pregnant – House hunting!  Yes, I have some very exciting news, my husband and I are finally starting to search for a house.  For the past 3 weeks or so, we have been actively looking for a home for our new, growing family.  And I have faith the right home is just around the corner!  We’ll have one very, very soon :).
Since pregnancy and house hunting have been totally consuming my life, I haven’t been in the kitchen baking as much as I normally would be.  But this week I’ll start back up again.
One creation I whipped up a few weeks ago are these Peanut Butter Banana Hand Pies.  They are my favorite, signature flaky pie crust, filled with creamy peanut butter and a slice of banana.  Plus to make them even more special, I’ve made them as cute, little, hand-held pies.  Peanut Butter and Banana is becoming a raging flavor combination, and these pies are a great way to highlight these flavors.

Peanut Butter Banana Hand Pies
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Makes: About 1 dozen (12) 3-inch Half-Moon Hand Pies
Pie Crust
1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour, plus more for dusting the surface
9 tablespoons (1 sticks + 1 tablespoon) Unsalted Butter, Cold
½ teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoons Sugar
5 tablespoons Water, Very Cold, Plus more if needed
For the Filling
18 tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter
2 Large Banana, Sliced into 24 total slices
For the Egg Wash
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Water
To make the crust, start by cutting the butter into ¼ inch squares.  Put all the butter in a small bowl and place in the freezer until needed.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, salt, and sugar; mix just to combine.  Add in the butter and beat until the butter pieces are the size of small peas and the mixture resembles coarse meal.  Some butter pieces may not break down.  If this happens, use your hands to squeeze the mixture together to break up the larger pieces.
With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add in the very cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time.  Stop adding water when the mixture comes together and is in wet clumps.  Be sure to not add too much water – you don’t want to dough to be extremely wet.  You might not use all 5 tablespoons, or you might need to use more. 
Pour out all the dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Form the dough into a disc.  Flour all sides of the dough, and wrap the disc in plastic wrap.  Chill for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
When the dough is done chilling, remove from the refrigerator, and place the disc onto a floured surface.  Dust the top of the dough with flour and, using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick.  While you are rolling out the dough, be sure to check the bottom of the dough to make sure it is not sticking.  If it starts to stick, add more flour to the surface.
Using a round cutter, anywhere from 2-3 inches (1 used a 3-inch cutter), cut out discs of dough and place on a clean surface.  After you have cut as many discs as possible, place 1½ tablespoons of peanut butter on one side of each disc.  Then place 2 banana slices on top.
In a small bowl, quickly whisk together the egg and water to create the egg wash.  Using a pastry brush, brush the edges of each disc with the egg wash.  Fold over the disc of dough to create a half-moon shape; press the edges together to seal the pie.  Repeat with the remaining pies.
Transfer the hand pies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.  Place the baking sheet in the freezer to quickly chill the pies, about 5-10 minutes.  Remove the hand pies from the freezer and brush the tops of the each pie with the egg wash.
Place the pies in the oven and bake until they have puffed up and turn golden brown in color, about 20 minutes.  Remove the pies from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.  Serve as-is or re-heat in the microwave until warm.
These last about 7 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Recipe from Krissy’s Creations.

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  • Averie @ Averie Cooks August 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    these look great & congrats on the almost house!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    These are so awesome Krissy! I have a big, big obsession with PB+banana! I’m so excited for you guys – and your pregnancy has just gone so quickly (hopefully it feels that way for you too!) Looking forward to hearing about your house search! 

  • Sallysbakingaddiction August 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Good luck searching for that new home Krissy! And these hand pies include two of my favorites.  Can’t go wrong with PB + banana.  Kids will LOVE these guys.  Saving this recipe for when I want to make something completely adorable 🙂

  • Melissa Maruca August 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    YUUUMMMMMMM!!!!!!! This would be a great idea for a little kiddy get together 🙂

  • Paula Kelly-Bourque August 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes on the house hunting adventure.  How exciting for you both.  These hand pies are a peanut butter lover’s dream.

  • Anna @ Hidden Ponies August 3, 2012 at 3:25 am

    These are adorable – I love peanut butter and banana SO much when I’m pregnant, these are calling to me! So fun that you’re busy house hunting, I hope that perfect house shows up soon!!

  • Audra August 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Seriously don’t apologize. I totally understand how busy a time this is and even if you sometime have to post less frequently- your readers are still with ya! I love these cute pies!

  • Valerie Brunmeier August 4, 2012 at 1:46 am

    This is a great Back to School recipe Krissy. So cute and I think little ones would love them!

  • Erica's Cooking & Blooming December 20, 2012 at 12:51 am

    This is a great recipe & easy recipe to make….yup thinking i should make this for my son’s xmas party….afterall who can’t resist a crusty crust with pb+nanas…i think they will he a hit!!! Thanks for sharing:-)